hot-topic rightNewspaper publisher Diane Gooch is asking for a recount after an apparent loss in the Republican primary for the 6th district to Highlands Mayor Anna Little. according to various reports.

Little, with Tea Party backing an only a fraction of millionaire Gooch’s campaign treasury declared victory Wednesday after a vote tally from Tuesday’s balloting showed her leading Gooch by 105 votes, the Asbury Park Press reported.

Later in the day, the Star-Ledger said 79 votes separated the two candidates, and that Gooch would seek a recount.

From the Sledger:

Election officials from Monmouth and Middlesex Counties, which make up the vast majority of the district, said they will not have provisional ballots counted until at least Friday afternoon. Candidates have until 15 days after the election to apply for a recount.

“It’s going to be a close call, and I assume that it’s going to be a recount,” said Gooch. “I’m sure it’s going to be a recount, because we need to count everyone’s votes in the 6th District.”

Little, meanwhile, is now the one looking forward to November.

“I am attempting to move forward in the battle against Frank Pallone,” she said. “I believe I won this race.”